AUBURN — Auburn University said it will offer a new doctoral degree in building construction that will one one of only a handful of such programs nationwide.

An announcement released last week said the program will start when the fall semester begins on Aug. 17 as part of Auburn's College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

The school described the program as a research-based degree that will emphasize emerging and important areas of building construction. The program will be one of seven such programs nationwide, the school said.

Students will take an average of three years to complete the program, which aligns with a degree in building sciences and will require 62 semester hours of graduate course work beyond a bachelor's degree.

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